FRESNO, California – A least a hundred railroad ties caught fire in Fresno Friday night, and crews say the fire could have been worse considering how many were stored in the area.
The fire broke out around 9:45 p.m. in the area of Highway 99 and Central Avenue, and crews worked to put out the ties which were engulfed in flames upon arrival.
About a thousand ties were kept in the area, says Fresno Fire Battalion Chief Todd Tuggle. The ties were ready to be laid on the tracks.
BNSF arrived to the scene to help with heavy equipment, and to stop trains from traveling through the area for the safety of the firefighters.
Fresno PD was on scene to help with traffic control as the fire was being attacked.
Tuggle says the cause of the fire is under investigation.